Fly Tipping, overflowing bins, end-of-year student chaos
To deal with the moving-out crisis, the Universities pay for additional waste collections by Bristol Waste, this is a specialist team not the regular waste team working in High Kingsdown on Fridays. In addition the University’s own team have also been collecting waste in the area.
It can take a little time for the teams to get to all areas – annually the University makes provision for these waste collections in partnership with the City Council during the moving out period.
In 2021 the volume of garbage in the flats' waste area was so overwhelming that Bristol Waste was failing to collect the non-recyclable waste in the flats' waste dump inner store area, due to inability to get access, and was leaving large green bins in the street. After the flats cleaner cleaned the waste dump, and moved dumped stuff from the street into the waste dump, Bristol Waste came and removed the non-recyclable waste from the large aluminium bins. However Bristol Waste left a lot of supposedly 'fly tipped' bags, electrical equipment, supermarket trolleys, etc at the back of the waste area. We then called Junk Busters, which we have to pay for. This may have been unnecessary - we don't know what would have happened if the rubbish had not been collected by Junk Busters. Would it have been collected by the Council? We don't know. Counterfactuals are difficult.
Please try not to make the bins overflow
Unfortunately the regular collection crews are told not to touch any overflowing bins. So it has to be reported and collected separately - which obviously makes sense to someone somewhere. Overflowing bins get included in fly tipping - crazy but true!!
Need to be reported before 5.00 on the day it is missed. 0117 922 2100
Dumping large objects in the rubbish area is highly anti-social.
It is not the job of the Management Company (Hillcrest) to dispose of dumped objects. That's not how it works. Instead, Hillcrest call The Junk Busters at £150 per collection. That is paid by the flat owners, i.e., by us collectively.
Fly tipping should be reported to https://www.bristol.gov.uk/streets-travel/flytipping
How to dispose of large objects?
Book a bulky household item collection on the Council's website.
The Compass Project on Gloucester Road will collect furniture they can sell: 0117 956 8873 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marie Curie will collect anything they can sell https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/local/charity-shops/gloucester-road.
Or try one of below, the council charge a small amount to take away bulky items but will take away several for the same price.
The SOFA Project Tel: 0117 954 3567 www.sofaproject.org.uk
Donate your unwanted furniture and electrical appliances to help those on benefits or low incomes furnish their homes - and keep reusable items out of landfill! The charitable organisation also provides work experience for unemployed people.
Freecycle www.freecycle.org or http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreecycleBristol
Freecycle is a web-based network for giving away and acquiring stuff for free, including furniture, clothes, garden equipment... in fact, just about anything you think someone else might have a use for! The advantages of this network are that you can even get rid of items that aren't in great condition, and that you can arrange for the 'taker' to collect from you for free.
Bristol City Council Neighbourhood and Housing Services
Tel: 0117 922 3838
Phone the Neighbourhood and Housing Services customer service centre (or visit the Council's website) for advice on rubbish and recycling collections, including special collection of bulky items.
Street Sweeping 0117 922 2100
Recycling 0117 903 1221
Refuse Collection 0117 922 2100
Collection of Bulky Items 0117 922 2100
Reporting Abandoned Vehicles 0117 222 2100
You can also order new bins, report missed collections or dispose of different types of waste like bulky household items via the Bristol City Council web site